It's walleye season, not perch season.
So says Dave Spangler, private charter boat captain and member of the nonprofit Lake Erie Waterkeeper.
Spend a summer day on the western basin and Spangler may just be able to point you in the direction of some thick walleye.
But it's not always easy.
"The walleye bites slowed with the mayfly hatches," Spangler said.
Not all hope is lost.
"You can still catch (walleye), out by Niagara Reef," Spangler said.
Other good areas to run into walleye are hotspots between the Crane Creek Wildlife Area and the Toledo shipping channel.
Spangler runs charter fishing trips on his 30-foot boat for interested parties.
He is as informed about the health of Lake Erie as anyone. He was onboard a boat with Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) Wednesday during Fish Ohio Governor's Day.
"(Kasich) is very serious about protecting the lake," Spangler said. "He's very serious and refers to it as a jewel and Ohio's most important resource."
Anyone interested in one of Spangler's fishing trips should call 419-276-0929.